Kids and Sports: How Much Is Too Much? | Psychology Today

Kids and sports: “Are kids being over-coached?”

I decided to do some research this morning, hence me sharing this article, after recently pondering that my 15-year old daughter is quite possibly doing too much lacrosse. I’m a big believer that there needs to be balance… And unfortunately, it seems her dad and I are slowly-but-surely losing sight of this. As with everything in life, balance is important!

Even though my daughter has not yet sustained any sports-related injuries, it blows my mind the amount of young clients I’ve seen in my office over the past eight years of practice. Many of them come to me now for maintenance, but most originally first came in for somewhat debilitating repetitive-use injuries (some straight up debilitating); usually affecting the hips, legs, low back, and/or shoulders.

“Kids’ sports have gotten out of control.”

As an example, a client of mine had to quit playing high school softball after exploratory surgery found a labrum tear. Without going into detail, her coach definitely over-coached her. It was my understanding she was expecting to get a scholarship for college, but that quickly became a pipe dream and it was devastating for her. So sad.

At 41, I simply do not remember this sort of thing being an issue during my childhood years. And at what point is enough enough?

Check out the source link below, and let’s try to remember…

“… maintaining a healthy body and a clear perspective is key. Encourage kids and teens to strive for balance.”

At any rate, I know it’s time for me to start setting limits for my teenager. Fingers crossed it all goes well!

As always, I hope you find this information informative!

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Source: Kids and Sports: How Much Is Too Much? | Psychology Today

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